Southern Lit Trail App

During the summer I had the honor of helping on a Deep South Magazine project; the Southern Literary Trail app, available on iTunes via Sutro Media. I wasn’t the only one who helped, it was a group effort from the interns and contributors of Deep South Magazine with our illustrious leader Erin Z. Bass at the helm.

In 2010, Erin Z. Bass founded Deep South Magazine, an online publication that connects

Southerners to each other, through stories on food, travel, culture, arts and literature.

We realize that Southern can be a state of mind, so Northerners are welcome, and we’re always proud to hear we’ve brightened the day of a homesick Southerner. Our Southern Voice section presents submitted fiction, nonfiction and poetry, while our Southern Literary Trail App offers a guide to writers’ homes and literary landmarks throughout the South. At the end of the day, through the help of interns and contributors across the region, we’re a little bit Southern Living, a little bit Oxford American, and if Garden & Gun ever calls, our panties will definitely be in a wad!

(lol, don’t you love that last line?)

I had so much fun helping on this project. I learned a lot by doing my research and felt like I was part of a positive group effort.

The Southern Literary Trail App covers a wide variety of fun and interesting facts on all things related to southern literature. Some of the stops on the app include an Alice Walker Driving Tour, the Eudora Welty House, a Faulkner Literary Garden, Hemingway’s Bistro, Mississippi Writers Room, Oxford Conference for the Book, South of Broad Walking Tour, and the Zora Neale Hurston Festival. These are only a few of what you will find on the Southern Literary Trail App, there are way too many to name here. You will also find museums, cemeteries, restaurants, and festivals to soothe your southern soul!

The Southern Literary Trail App also includes a write-up of each stop along the way and is also equipped with maps, photos, links, hours of operation, prices (some stops are free), phone numbers and addresses. If you have something to add to one of the stops, there is even a link for “Let us Know!”

Deep South Magazine is headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Go get your app on.

New Design

Holy cow, look what I can do.

I installed a new theme. I did it without any help from anyone. I’ve been looking for something a little more simpler, more intimate, less busy, without all the photos and graphics.

So here it is. It’s called The Erudite 2.7.8 by Matt Wiebe

A theme for writers who want readers, not visitors, traffic, click-throughs, CPMs or what-have-you. Carefully crafted typography and generous use of whitespace lets your writing shine.

Isn’t it lovely? The only thing, I can’t figure out why all the entries (see below) are all uneven on the page. Or how to limit the amount listed. Other than those questions, I am so totally satisfied with the new theme.

Granted, now I don’t have all of my categories listed up on the top menu but I don’t mind. Actually, there is a way to do it but I think I liked putting the “pages” on the menu rather than the “categories” at this point in time.

If you want more information, you can scroll all the way down to the bottom where you’ll find the regular sidebar activities and happenings.

Thanks and love to all!

Happy Anniversary To Me

Well, it looks like an anniversary snuck up on me. I’ve had this blog now for a whole year, as of September. I’ve been blogging way longer than a year but I’ve had THIS blog for a year.

I think the very first blog I had was titled, “An American Housewife.” It was when I was a house wife many years ago. I think if I had to guess I would say I’ve been blogging for eight years now. I’ve had several different blogs along the way; political, running, personal. I’ve tried to be anonymous but it never worked out for very long.

So here I am, with my name domain, for over a year now. I’m looking forward to another year.

Thanks for reading.

Once Upon A Time…

There was a time when I had girlfriends. Or at least I thought I had a great group of girlfriends. Now I often wonder if they just hung around me out of pity. Why do I wonder this after all this time? Because after all this time, I no longer hear from any of them, unless it is via Facebook and that’s when I go hunt them down and look on their page to see what they’ve been up to lately.

We used to get together on a regular basis. Then I got married, they moved on with other things. I understand life gets in the way and people have their own lives to live but I do watch other women making time to get together with each other and it leaves me wondering what the hell I did wrong to be left alone.

I used to try and get everyone together from time to time but with each attempt I was met with, “Oh man, my schedule is so packed right now I just can’t squeeze one more thing in right now.” And so I just gave up. I guess it’s true that people come into your life for certain reasons or for a certain amount of time; People Come Into Your Life for a Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime.

Oh well, life goes on. There has to be an essay in this topic somewhere. In fact, I know there is and I will have to make time to sit down, explore this, and write. It won’t be shared on the blog though. Instead I will find somewhere to submit the essay, after I find a writing partner to help me with editing and critiquing.

Essay Topics from this:

  • Hurt Feelings (and the damage of resentments)
  • Observing Others
  • Moving On
  • Gratitude – for having the friendship while it lasted
  • Lessons Learned (to stand on my own, rely on self, rely on God instead of people, inward journey, the power of friendship, the power of women, helping others, letting go)
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy/Envy (but with a distant eye – there was a time this ate me up inside but not so much anymore)
  • Solitude
  • Am I a total bitch? Needy? Dependent? Boring?
  • Saying good-bye, internally, to some people (or writing them off, literally)
  • Not easy topics to write about and certainly not the ooey-gooey feel-good sort of writing either. But it needs to be done, for me.

    I’ll leave you with some inspirational writing quotes (again, more for me than you, LOL).

    “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” ~Anaïs Nin

    “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ~Sylvia Plath

    “The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.” ~Norbet Platt

    “There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen and writes.” ~William Makepeace Thackeray

    “The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone’s neurosis, and we’d have a mighty dull literature if all the writers that came along were a bunch of happy chuckleheads.” ~William Styron, interview, Writers at Work, 1958 (LOL)

    And by Stephen King,

    The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.

    Some people may not agree with this blog post but this is my perspective, how I see things, how I have experienced life, not theirs.

    Of course, upon writing these topics, Dr. Bob Cowser’s voice is repeatedly asking me why he should care.